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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Asashoryu bounces back

Grand champion Asashoryu got back to rampaging on the warpath with a convincing win over sekiwake Dejima as he remained the sole leader at the Summer Grand Sumo Basho on Tuesday.

Winners   Losers
Ushiomaru 7-3   Asanowaka 6-4
Kasuganishiki 7-3   Akinoshima 5-5
Shimotori 2-8   Takanotsuru 0-10
Kotoryu 6-4   Asasekiryu 5-5
Toki 8-2   Jumonji 6-4
Aogiyama 4-6   Iwakiyama 4-6
Otsukasa 6-4   Tamarikido 5-5
Buyuzan 8-2   Gojoro 3-7
Aminishiki 7-3   Yotsukasa 5-5
Wakanoyama 4-6   Kasugao 2-8
Kyokushuzan 5-5   Hokutoriki 3-7
Miyabiyama 6-4   Tamanoshima 5-5
Takanonami 3-7   Tosanoumi 3-7
Kyokutenho 6-4   Takamisakari 4-6
Tochinonada 6-4   Wakanosato 7-3
Chiyotaikai 8-2   Kotonowaka 6-4
Musoyama 4-6   Kaiho 3-7
Tochiazuma 6-4   Kaio 7-3
Asashoryu 9-1   Dejima 6-4

The 22-year-old from Mongolia, who is in the hunt to claim his first Emperor's Cup as yokozuna, improved to 9-1 while ozeki Chiyotaikai demolished Kotonowaka to stay one abreast at 8-2 with rank-and-filers Toki and Buyuzan at Ryogoku Kokugikan.

In the day's finale, Asashoryu used his dominant speed to quickly take control before he employed a twisting backward leg trip to upend Dejima and improve his record to six wins in nine meetings against his sekiwake foe.

The yokozuna, known for his fiery brand of sumo, got a little too hot on Monday when he snatched off his tassels and shot an angry glare at countryman Kyokushuzan in his loss to the third-ranked grappler.

Chiyotaikai, who could still possibly get the nod for yokozuna with 13 or more wins and the title, bulldozed fourth-ranked Kotonowaka to his fourth loss in a lopsided affair.

In an all-ozeki battle, Tochiazuma (6-4) wrenched Kaio (7-3) off-balance onto the raised-ring after the pair jostled for position. Tochiazuma is trying to squeak out a winning record of eight wins to keep his ozeki status.

Meanwhile, struggling Musoyama (4-6) got back in the winner's circle with a decisive victory over Kaiho (3-7) when he flung the fourth-ranked wrestler to the dirt.

Sekiwake Wakanosato (7-3) had to suck up a heavy loss as he was tossed to the clay with a beltless armthrow by top maegashira Tochinonada (6-4).

Mongolian komusubi Kyokutenho (6-4) had a surprisingly easy time of putting away No. 1 maegashira Takamisakari, who backpedaled over the edge to his sixth loss without much resistance.

In an earlier bout, journeyman Takanotsuru (0-10) lost his 14th straight bout dating back to the spring tourney in March, when he was easily waltzed out by 11th-ranked Shimotori (2-8).

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